Due to her involvement in galamsey troubles, Aisha Huang is in court. Strong
The Criminal Division of the Accra High Court has remanded Chinese national Aisha Huang, who is in court for her participation in illegal mining activities (galamsey) in Ghana, to police custody.
On Friday, October 11, 2022, at a hearing, Presiding Judge Lydia Osei Marfo rejected Nkrabea Effah Dartey’s request for bail on behalf of his client.
The judge stated that all previous defenses raised against the defendant’s request for bail, including the client’s flight risk, are still valid and will not be amended.
She continued, “The only method to guarantee the case is heard appropriately for the determination of his client’s fate would be his consistent attendance in court with his client.”
On his part, State Prosecutor Godfred Dame reaffirmed the government’s commitment to seeing to it that the case is fairly heard and that the accused is charged with a crime if found guilty.
Aisha Huang is in court facing charges of conducting a mining enterprise without a license, as well as four additional offenses, including engaging in the sale and purchase of minerals.
The Criminal Division of the Accra High Court received four additional charges against her on Friday, September 16, 2022, including conducting a mining operation without a license, facilitating the participation of individuals engaged in a mining operation, illegally employing foreign nationals, and entering Ghana while being barred from re-entry.
For case management purposes, her case has since been postponed until October 24, 2022.
Four more were remanded in custody:
Three Chinese nationals and one Vietnamese national who also appeared in court have all been remanded to appear in court again on November 1, 2022.
Shi Yang, also known as Philip, Li Wei Guo, and Shi Mei Zhi, three Chinese nationals, are facing a preliminary charge of violating section 99(2)(a) of the Minerals and Mining Act of 2006 (Act 703) as modified by Act 995 of 2019 by engaging in small-scale mining without a permit.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Tuyen, a citizen of Vietnam, is being prosecuted with violating sections 20(1) and 52(1)(d) of the Immigration Act of 2000 for staying in Ghana after a permit expired (Act 573).
The sitting judge heard the arguments of the three Chinese citizens separately from those of the Vietnamese, Nguyen Thi Thanh Tuyen, who had trouble understanding both the Chinese and the English used to converse with her.
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For the second time, bail was declined for the accused people on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
Samuel Bright Acquah, the presiding judge, claimed that the issue was one of public concern given the extent of environmental harm caused by galamsey operations.
The judge denied the accused person’s request for bail, citing, among other things, threats by Ghana Water Company to shut down if nothing is done about galamsey activities and the effects of the same on marine species in affected waterbodies.
Prior to this, the accused were refused bail on September 14, 2022, after lead attorney Nkrabea-Effah Dartey pleaded for the court to give bail to his client and her three Chinese co-defendants.
The prosecution objected to Aisha Huang’s request, according to GhanaWeb’s court reporter.
Aisha Huang’s second bail application is denied by the court, and the matter is postponed.
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Bail for the accused could allow them the chance to influence witnesses and investigations, the prosecution claims, because new arrests have been made.
In addition to asserting public interest in the case, the prosecution said that Aisha Huang poses a flight risk since she has a history of smuggling illegally into and out of the nation.